CNN’s Kate Bennett has covered Melania Trump, current First Lady of the United States, since her husband took office in 2016. In her new biography, Free, Melania, Bennett offers readers the first behind-the-scenes look at Melania. Bennett makes the case that most of the rumors about Melania aren’t exactly true – she’s not just a trophy wife, nor is she a secret member of the #Resistance.
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To research Free, Melania, Bennett met with some of Melania’s childhood friends who knew her as an aspiring model. She traveled to New York, Mar-a-Lago, and Melania’s home country, Slovenia. In one passage about her traveling to Slovenia, Bennett writes:
Ask a Slovenian if ‘resting bitch face’ is a thing in their country, and they will look blankly at you and say, ‘it’s just ‘face.’
In a recent interview, The Washingtonian‘s Andrew Beaujon sat down with Bennett to talk about all things Melania.
Bennett even had something to say about the whole “I really don’t care, do u?” coat fiasco in 2018, when Melania wore the now-infamous coat to visit migrant children.
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That jacket is the biggest mystery of Melania, and there are many, many mysteries of Melania. It was a terrible, terrible decision [to wear it] and will be part of her legacy.
I always say that there are no Melania Trump coincidences. If you were to ask her, “Did you wear that white pantsuit at the State of the Union as a symbol?,” she would say, “No, I just wore the white pantsuit.” But there’s no question that everything she does, especially nonverbally, is a thoughtful decision. Which was why the jacket was so strange….The worst thing about the jacket was that it negated the impetus she had for making that trip, which I think came from a good place.
Bennet and Beaujon talked about the issues Melania’s taken charge of in the last year – vaping and bullying – but Bennet could not confirm whether Melania’s youngest son, Barron, vapes. And, of course, Bennet commented on the conspiracy theory that Melania Trump is being held hostage in her marriage:
AB: Which brings us to their relationship. Does she like him?
KB: This answer always surprises people when I tell them. The answer is: Yes, she does. They speak throughout the day. On the phone. Constantly.
This is another thing that surprises people: She really digs living in the White House. I don’t think she would have chosen to be First Lady, but now that she’s there . . . . I’ve never thought she was trapped.
For more of Kate Bennett’s musings on the First Lady, pick up her new book Free, Melania available from Macmillan Publishers.
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